Lupita Nyong’o in J. Mendel on the “Late Show With David Letterman”

Posted on February 21, 2014

Darlings. we’re on a high from our reading and signing last night in D.C. (HUGE crowd of kittens! SOld out every book in the store!) and we’re literally at this very moment making an appearance on D.C.’s Fox 5 morning show, which means we’re going to have to keep our commentary on the light side until we get ourselves situated.

So we can’t tell much about what Miss Lupita’s wearing here, except that she clearly felt like it was time to shed her princess couture and go for something a little edgier. Which is all well and good, but the real news here is …


Lupita Nyong’o makes an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” in New York City i a J. Mendel dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps, Graziela Gems earrings, and a Janis Savitt ring.


We’re dropping the mic. Our work here is done. Carry on with being perfect from head to toe, Lupita.






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  • NMMagpie

    KILLA! An even more incredible fierce look from her.

  • HM3

    CLEARLY, Lupita and/or her stylists follow this blog religiously, and heeded your sage advice.

  • Emily Giovanni

    That coat is sublime.

    • Robin Murray

      The coat I have been searching for my entire damn life. My holy grail coat. It looks as fabulous as I dreamed it would. Can’t be bitter, though — it’s Lupita!

      • Emily Giovanni

        this is the best coat porn I’ve seen, and it’s not even coat porn. (also I want to know what the coat is.)

    • The coat was even better from the back, there are pictures of the back view about the place. When the back view of Lupita is so incredible the front view there are simply no words for. 🙂 I love this look for her so much.

    • jen_vasm

      I’d totally cudabish for that coat. And brava! re:shoes.

  • @Biting Panda

    Served bitches!!

  • Onika K Morris-Alleyne

    That coat is pretty fetch too…

  • SewingSiren

    She deserves an Academy Award for the pole dance alone.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Somehow i think she’s thoroughly enjoying it! And her bad shoes never bothered me the way they bother everyone else. SHe’s just so…fresh and bright. (The only T-Lo posting of her i didn’t adore was that editorial one.) Also, last night’s event was fantastic! I had a really good time and only wished it was like a typical DC meeting where a piece of paper was passed around for everyone’s contact info, so we could have T-LO meetups in the future. 🙂

      • suzq

        A DC meet-up would be fab! It was a wonderful night, indeed. If anyone is wondering about these signings, T & LO are so generous with their time, not to mention, friendly, funny, and handsome. And I’d like to think that the Bitter Kittens are a friendlier bunch than you get showing up to these sorts of signing events. We were pushing wheelchairs, and moving people forward who needed seats, etc… I wish I could have stayed longer, but hey, I was there for 90 minutes as it was! The last concert I attended wasn’t that long!

        • Rhonda Shore

          I’m definitely game. How should we go about doing this?

  • VioletFem

    Finally! She looks amazing from head to toe.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I’m the one who commented on her sternum display before…this amount looks divine!

  • deelup

    I knew she wasn’t an earthling. FFS.

  • ccinnc

    That shade of lipstick is gorgeous on her. Love how it calls back to the shoes.

    • suzq

      I can just hear her calling out to her stylist: “Find me a lipstick in Christian Louboutin red, please!”

  • Amazing. I am trying to find fault and I just can’t – stunning head to toe.

  • MilaXX

    And it’s not a super matchy shoe! YAY!! She was of course, her usual charming self with Dave.

  • Sarah

    Killer shoes, kickass coat, and she’s pulling off a length of skirt that no mere mortal can sport successfully. AND her head looks divine. She is somethin’ else.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, as odd as this length is on most people, it is perfect for her. The only (slight) flaw I ever see on Lupita’s body are her knees. (I hate my knees also, so maybe I’m prone to criticize them. I exercise like crazy and was told that only lipo would change them!) She look fabulous! I’m assuming those are Christian Louboutin and not someone else just doing a red sole. Shoe lust!

  • MoHub

    Caught you on the Fox 5 DC news this morning. Totally got my day off to the right kind of start.

  • carnush

    Finally!!!! Nailed it with the shoes. Perfection!

  • Sally Spannagle

    I want to wear this outfit every day of my life.

  • KinoEye

    When I saw the shoes, I damn near cheered! The makeup is fabulous as always, and I love the darker, edgier look on her.

  • Anna

    And the Lupita World Domination Tour continues. May it never end.

  • Alyssa

    Holy cow, I love those shoes. Glad Lupita got her shoe situation under control! She looks divine!

  • Hetha Innis

    BLINDED by her gorgeousness!

  • jtabz

    Hehe. How many of us bitter kittens were screaming “SHOES!” in their heads well before the jump?

    She looks amazing from head to kick-ass spiky toe.

    • scoobynacks

      I did the whole squeal/gasp thing.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez


    Seriously, I know she can rock the pretty in her sleep, but I want her to bring the edgy to the ongoing red carpets like she’s doing here and she’s done in other minor appearances. Bitch has style oozing from those perfect pores.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Also Coat Porn! Look at that perfect seam binding!!!

  • OMG, the End Days are upon us! Just kidding, gorgeous, gorgeous shoes.

  • jw_ny

    I love the way the red of her lips and the red of the Louboutin shoe heel are the pops of color…and all that is needed.

  • sagecreek

    OMG GOOD SHOES. Go, Lupita!

  • H2olovngrl

    Lovelovelove that coat!!!

  • CeeRich

    This whole “Grace Jones Princess” look is working for me. Head to toe fierce!

  • poggi

    Everything is sexy and classy and amazing. Love it all. Kudos to Lupita and team and, of course, to Tom and Lorenzo. Long may you reign.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    I almost screamed of joy when I saw those awesome shoes, a big “FINALLY” was almost shouted… luckily, it didn’t. My boss wouldn’t understand my excitement.

  • Jennifer Schiller

    You guys were great yesterday! Thanks so much!

    Also this is just perfect. It’s sexy, edgy, and still feminine. Also that coat. This is a be me and do me kinda look.

  • formerlyAnon

    Congrats on the sold out stock!

    Yes, nice shoes, but my goodness, what a smile on her in these!

  • Constant Reader

    My God, I love her.

  • PastryGoddess

    YAAAS HUNTY!! Your WERQ those killa shoes.

    It was so great meeting you guys last night. DC represented!

  • julnyes

    I literally gasped and said out loud, “Oh my god, she’s wearing fabulous shoes!” while holding my hand to my chest. When did I become this person?

  • colorjunky

    I’m loving the red lipstick on her and how it’s tying into the Loubiton (sic?) red sole of the shoes!

  • Danielle

    She needs a Louboutin contract, STAT

  • SugarSnap108

    I actually made a squee sound when I saw the shoes. Flawless.

  • LipstickForPigs

    YAY! Much much better. Her legs look amazing.

  • Yolanda13

    OH HAPPY DAY! Finally she is wearing killer shoes! I was blinded by them. Couldn’t see anything else but the shoes. Perfection from top to bottom. Bow bitches!

  • Aidan B


  • mjude

    woo hoo….finally

  • GinnyThePainter

    THIS is how you campaign for an Oscar! Well done.

  • LilyVanessi

    Shoes are to die for, about time.
    P.S. Thanks for giving us such a great time in DC. The book is hilarious and insightful.

  • Diego!

    Finally!!! MEGA-WERQ label from head to toe with shoes on sight. AMAZING look and KILLA shoes! I’m speechless!

  • GeoDiva

    Lights out !

  • The Counselor

    So does this put to rest the conjecture I saw in the comments yesterday that her shoe choices are limited by a foot problem? I think so–these look “killer” in more ways than one!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    That’s a fabulous coat. She didn’t wear the coat on air, but she did come out in that dress. The bodice fit so well that it looked like it was a part of her. Plus she was interesting and had a lovely conversation with Dave.

    • suzq

      I’m surprised she didn’t wear the coat on the air. Dave notoriously keeps that studio as cold as a meat locker.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s just crazy how she nails it nearly every single time! Love it!

  • Bozhi

    I believe she uses the same stylist as Michelle Dockery.

    • The Counselor


  • AthenaJ

    I love this, the top and coat make it look like she’s about to go kick some ass in the Matrix.

  • Kathy

    In the past, when Lupita wore less attractive shoes, she was thinking, “Nothing has any business being perfect.” Today, she said, “Fuck it! I’m going for broke.”

  • suzq

    Saw you on Fox 5 this morning. Totes adorbs, you two!
    I would like to think that after being nominated for an OSCAR, girlfriend could afford some Louboutins. I can’t, unless I raid my sons’ college funds.
    Hem’s too long, though.

    • livesarah

      Hem is very sensible if she was going to be sitting down in that thing. Too many lady celebs end up having to be paranoid about crossing their legs tightly during these shows because they wore a stupidly short hem, and they spend the whole time looking uncomfortable and silly.

  • Tatiana Luján

    This is a WERQ! if I ever saw one. She looks like she could play a royal character in The Matrix.

    • Sofia Bentivoglio

      Yes! And this is a definite WERQ

  • Artesian_Belle

    I love how the red on her lips picks up the bit of red on the shoes and helps to pull the whole look together.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Please don’t let this be a one time event, please don’t let this be a one time event……

  • majorbedhead

    She is so gorgeous. And those shoes are fierce.

    If the BKs have time, check out the Hollywood Reporter round table with this year’s Oscar actress nominees. It’s a good watch.

  • Gatto Nero

    Wow. Spiky leather goddess.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I love every little thing about this. The shoes! Yes! The lip color, the coat and the way the coat works with the bustier and the leather and the shapes all blending like BUTTAH. This girl is on fire.

  • marlie

    She looks great, and she’s wearing GORGE shoes, PLUS a coat. Talented, beautiful, AND has common sense.

  • Wow! She rocks the hell out of black. Along with pretty much everything else.

  • Imasewsure

    THE SHOES!!!

  • Pennymac

    I. Die.

  • decormaven

    Not only did she get the shoe memo, she shot it off with flames. Loving that look, HTT.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    This is how I always envisioned Trinity would have looked like if Will Smith had played Neo. You WERQ it Lupita!

  • I’m sorry dear, but I’m stealing your shoes and lipstick.

  • Kelly

    Yes!! I like this SO much better than the little-girl schtick she’s been trying to sell these last few entries (pink thing, multi-colored green thing). She’s just too sharp and chic and edgy to go wandering down Shirley Temple Lane. Stay on Highway Fierce, Miss L!

  • Madam Von Sassypants


  • Akemi

    !!!!!!! OMFG. Head to toe. COVETING.

  • Lilithcat

    Killer shoes in more ways than one! I feel sorry for her poor toes.

  • IraKi

    The colour of her lipstick matches the color of her heels! Nice!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Love, love the shoes-a great, great look for Ms. Lupita!

  • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

    I knew right away that I’d better zero in on the shoes!

    Congrats, TLo.

  • EEKstl

    The killer shoes make it official: Goddess of the Ages. And TLo: CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so proud of you, boys. PLEEEEEEEEZE come to St. Louis. I know, it’s…St. Louis. But it’s COOL (not to mention cold at the moment). Your Midwestern Bitter Kittens will swarm to your side!

  • Dagney

    holy mother of GAWD I need those shoes!

  • LaSylphide

    Not crazy about the dress, but everything else is perfection. What I do like about the dress is the length – very flattering to her legs, especially with those great and wonderful shoes.

  • Lilyana_F

    DAMN! She looks like a million bucks! *snaps*

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    WERQ!!! Serving hard-edged Grace Jones REALNESS! Perfection.

  • mickiemonkey

    Why do I have sternum envy?


    Aren’t those the same shoes she wore at the LA premiere?

  • Clash D

    YES to everything. That is all.

  • NinjaCate

    Really? I hate the shoes! *meows quietly in the corner*